Elk River Law Office P.L.L.P.

Firm Bio

Introducing our Partners

Majel M. Russell, Esq.
State Bar of Montana
Federal Bar Association
Admitted in all Montana Courts, Federal
Courts, United States Supreme Court and
numerous Tribal Courts in Montana
J.D. – June, 1992, University of Montana
Sam S. Painter, Esq.
State Bar of Montana
Federal Bar Association
Admitted in all Montana Courts, Federal
Courts, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and
numerous Tribal Courts in Montana
J.D. – June, 1993, University of Montana

Majel Russell and Sam Painter established the firm in 1996. The firm possesses over twenty-eight years of combined experience in Federal Indian Law. Even though we are a small law firm, we have a wealth of experience. In regard to large-scale financial transactions, we have represented Tribal governments in the issuance of an $18 million taxable bond (to fund Tribal governmental projects and land acquisitions) and a $12 million tax-exempt loan transaction (to fund Tribal buildings and infrastructure). Our Indian Law accomplishments also include negotiation of major mineral develop agreements, negotiated settlement of a claim against a major oil company for substantial damages related to an oil spill, negotiation of a water compact with the State of Montana, and successful revisions of two Tribal Constitutions. We are also experienced in the following areas: gaming, natural resource and environmental issues, jurisdictional disputes, land lord tenant actions, Tribal recognition actions, Indian Child Welfare Act cases, real estate transactions, wrongful discharge and discrimination cases (defense and prosecution), breach of contract cases, and construction law. Our attorneys possess vast litigation experience in Tribal Courts, State District Courts, Federal Courts and Administrative forums.

Our attorneys provide quality and affordable legal services for Tribal governments. We can be available 24-hours a day when needed in an emergency. We are available to travel to your place of business and can appear on short notice and for extended periods if necessary. We are also available to provide regular office hours at your place of business at reduced rates to ensure affordability, regularity and continuity.